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Five Rainy Day Meal Ideas

Updated on July 16, 2011

When it’s pouring rain outside, it’s natural to feel kind of “blah”. You certainly don’t want to have to leave the house to go to the supermarket, have dinner at a restaurant or pickup takeout.

You might be tempted to call and order pizza, but the pizza delivery driver probably doesn’t want to go out in the rain any more than you do. Why not give him or her a break and pull together a meal from your own refrigerator, pantry or freezer the next time you’re wondering what to have for dinner when the weather is yucky?

Five Meal Ideas for Rainy Days

1. Breakfast for Dinner

When it’s gloomy outside a stack of pancakes with a side of bacon just might be the perfect meal to prepare. Other options for “breakfast for dinner” include omelets, waffles, eggs, hash browns, ham, sausage, grits, oatmeal, toast, biscuits, English muffins, bagels, fresh fruit, cold cereal and more.

2. Sandwich Night

Consider pulling all of the sandwich “fixings” that you have out of the refrigerator and pantry and placing them on your kitchen counter or table. Letting the other members of your household “go to town” with what’s available, putting together their own sandwiches for dinner. You can even turn this into a fun contest, offering some type of prize or reward for the most creative or unique sandwich (of course, requiring the winner to actually eat what he or she creates!).

3. Finger Foods

Raid your pantry and refrigerator to see what kinds of finger foods you have on hand. You probably have more options on hand than you would expect. Enjoy a fun meal of tasty appetizers and snacks such as cheese and crackers, peanut butter and crackers, tuna salad and crackers, raw veggies with dip, fresh fruit, cheese dip with tortilla chips or corn chips, your favorite type of chips paired with salsa salsa, nachos (be creative with toppings), popcorn and more. Munching on these types of goodies while watching a movie or playing a board game can be great fun on a rainy evening.

4. Raid the Freezer

If you sometimes prepare make-ahead freezer meals or if you often freeze leftover sauce, chili soup or stew dishes, chances are that there’s something tasty in the freezer that you’ll be able to simply thaw, heat and serve. If there’s nothing there right now, take advantage of the current rainy day to prepare some easy meals that freeze well to have on hand for the next time you’re searching for rainy day meal ideas. Get everyone involved for a fun rainy day activity.

5. Slow Cooker Meals

If you’re going to be stuck at home all day because of the rain, why not enjoy the aroma of a delicious meal simmering in your slow cooker while you’re there? Put on a pot of slow cooker pulled pork, sausage and bean chili, or an herbed pot roast in the morning and enjoy a comforting, nourishing meal in the evening.

What Suggestions Do You Have?

These are just a few fun – and easy – rainy day meal ideas that you may want to try. What suggestions do you have for preparing and enjoying delicious, comforting meals inside when it’s wet and nasty outside? Share your ideas in the comments section below!


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    Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

    I served breakfast for dinner at least 3 times a month over the 25 years I raised my kids. But my mother would never go for the idea. It was meat, potatoes and vegetables every night. Now my adult kids follow my tradition.

    Stigmas are not here to stay, and this is one I'm glad to see has changed the way we serve dinner.

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    Shawn Scarborough 4 years ago from The Lone Star State

    Breakfast for dinner is always popular in my house. We have either pancakes, eggs, and bacon or we will have breakfast burritos. I like your other ideas too. I think I am going to try your raid the freezer idea tonight.

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    kutztowngrad 6 years ago

    I love the breakfast for dinner idea, and use it often. My family loves when I sauté a big onion, and add scrambled eggs. I cook gently, and when it's almost done, top with American cheese and cover til the cheese melts. Serve it with toast, bagels, english muffins, or any other bread item, and fresh fruit. A yummy, economical dinner that keeps 'em coming back for more!

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    kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

    I like your fifth suggestion, which is sort of a hot pot. That way of cooking is really healthy and ideal for cold and rainy days. Many people in Asia use hot pot especially during winter. In my country, we use it on stormy days :)

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    CASE1WORKER 6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

    I love the breakfast for dinner idea! If I just smile and serve it as if nothing is wrong I reckon they might all fall for it!

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    Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

    One of our easy go-to meals is tomato soup and toasted cheese sandwiches. I also love to do something in the crock pot - stew, chili or homemade soup is great!

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    kathryn1000 6 years ago from London

    Very useful

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    Great ideas here! Sometimes we have a mostly fruit night, especially during blueberry/peach season, which is now--yum. This means, of course, that a hearty blueberry cobbler can be our main course. :)

    Voted up.